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padec21

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Posted: 06/22/09 12:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a non ducted roof mounted ac unit n my starcraft hybrid. Has anyone ever installed the optional heat sitrip thing-a-ma-jig so you can get heat out of your electrical ac unit instead of propane furnace?


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Posted: 06/22/09 12:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's a easy install if your AC unit is made to accomadate one. Here's a Link that may be of help to you.

Your thermostat will also have to be the type that has dual control; for AC operation or heat strip operation.

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Posted: 06/22/09 12:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

it's really a waste of money. The A/C even on low speed moves so much air that you do not feel any heat from the strip. you are better off getting a small ceramic heater than buy a heat strip. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Posted: 06/22/09 01:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks for info

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I added one to an AC once. a total waste of money. a $17 ceramic cube heater works better and you don't have to run your AC fan. Most campgrounds I have been in required you to pay extra if you have electric heat and it is sort of obvious when your AC fan is running and it is 35 degrees out. At least yours is non ducted. I think if they are on a ducted system, the ductwork takes about half the heat out.
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I installed the heat strip and found it to work suprising well. It won't throw out alot of heat but it did take the chill off when we camped last October. We also use a ceramic heater at night as the fan on the A/C unit is kinda loud. Our A/C unit had the connection for the (Optional) heat strip. Shop on line for the lowest price.


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On one of my campers a scamp I had one installed at the factory.
It would only remove a slight chill I like others bought the cube heater worked much better.





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Hi,

We have them in each of our 2 AC's. They work, but they offer "gentle" heating. We've found them to be adequate if the temps are above the 40's.

If it gets down into the 30's we use them with an electric heater as supplement. If it gets colder then that we'll use the furnace WITH the heat strip from the rear AC. This helps circulate the air throughout the rig and might save a bit on the propane. We DO have ducted air.

They're cheap and easy to install and pretty safe when in operation. Stand alone heaters can be a hazard if you have young ones around.

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Rick Jay wrote:

Hi,

We've found them to be adequate if the temps are above the 40's.


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Posted: 06/23/09 12:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, had them in one of my TT's. Put out so little heat as to be useless. Never bothered with them again. Better off to have heat pumps like we now have.

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